Music Monday

I’m leaving this topic open to anything related to music (and hopefully also related to writing).  I love music and can’t imagine not having it in my life.  I like to play music in the background no matter what I am doing, and most definitely when I am writing.  One of my best stress relievers is playing the piano – plus it’s fun!  I sing to my children at night when I put them to bed, and they can often be caught singing to themselves throughout the day.  I can’t remember not liking music; my mom would even tell you that I sang to myself at night in my crib as an infant.

Since my teen years, I have gone through a number of “phases.”  Not so much in terms of “a rap phase” or a “heavy metal phase” or a “rock phase” or whatever (though I did go through a “country phase” in my late teens/early twenties).  More that I either discover a new artist that I fall in love with and listen to on repeat for weeks on end, or rediscover an old favorite that I haven’t listened to in awhile, and dig out all their CDs that I own and listen to them for weeks on end.  I don’t really lose favorites; I just shelve them for awhile in favor of someone else.  Eventually, they all come back around.

One such long-time favorite is the Carpenters.  I thought of them this morning when a friend mentioned that it’s a rainy Monday, and since they’ve now been in my head all morning, I think it’s time to resurrect their gold album for awhile.

Oh, and my current “current” pop obsession?  Sara Bareilles, particularly Brave.  Everything about that song is absolutely perfect.

What is your relationship with music like?

12 comments for “Music Monday

  1. January 12, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I definitely rely heavily on music too when I write. I make playlists for books I’m working on. For Nanowrimo I made a playlist that had Lana Del Rey, The Dresdan Dolls and The Pretenders, among others. I have eclectic taste so it really depends on my mood when writing – country, folk music, rock, heavy metal – I’m open to anything.

    • January 12, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      I have pretty eclectic taste too – but there are certain types of music I’m not overly fond of, so I tend not to listen to them. I make a playlist for my characters! It’s fun :-).

      • January 12, 2015 at 9:37 pm

        Yeah I hear you on not being fond of certain types of music.
        And I never thought about a music list for a character. That might actually help flesh them out when writing. 🙂

  2. January 12, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I think you and I are twins. Lol. I love music so much, although it tends to overtake things so I can’t really write and listen. I do the same thing, where I never really let music go, they just get shelved for a while.

    • January 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Yay, I found my long lost twin!! lol. I guess I should have mentioned that I can only have certain music on while I’m writing. FourPlay is great for writing :-).

  3. January 12, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I tend to gravitate toward Rock or video game music. Never really tried to limit myself though. If it sounds good then I’ll give it a shot.

    • January 12, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Do you like to listen while you’re writing?

      • January 12, 2015 at 12:10 pm

        Yup. I tend to use Pandora when writing.

        • January 12, 2015 at 2:40 pm

          Cool. My son loves Pandora and Spotify. I like to be in total and complete control of what I’m listening to and in what order. LOL 🙂

          • January 12, 2015 at 6:32 pm

            Never really cared about the order since I like it to be a surprise.

          • January 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm

            I have never liked surprises.

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